Judge sentences teacher convicted of rape to 31 days in prison for crime, now facing more time

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BILLINGS, Mont. – A former high school teacher in Montana, who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old student seven years ago was resentenced on Friday.

Stacey Dean Rambold made national headlines last fall when a judge sentenced him to just 31 days in prison for the rape of 14-year-old Cherice Moralez.

Moralez later committed suicide.

When the judge handed down the sentence, he said the victim was “older than her chronological age.”

On Friday, Judge Randall Spaulding gave Rambold a stiffer sentence for abusing his power as Cherice’s teacher.

“You should be and you are sentence to 15 years at the lock down state prison. However, I will suspend five of those years. Conditions apply to your compliance with the terms, conditions and restrictions outlined in the pre-sentence investigation report,” said Judge Spaulding.

Before he was sentenced, Rambold apologized to the victim’s family.

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